POLAND: Gomulka's Victory

The last time the Polish Communist Party held a congress, back in 1954, Wladyslaw Gomulka was in jail—a Communist leader long out of favor with Stalin. But this time, as 3,000 delegates from all corners of the country gathered in Warsaw's ugly Palace of Culture and Science, Gomulka was plainly running the show and the country. His rasping, 200-page, seven-hour keynote speech was a catalogue of past achievement and future confidence, and if any in the audience still doubted the wizened little man's survival power, their doubts vanished before the week was...

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